Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team have revealed that their driver ,Sebastian Vettel, has decided to retire at the end of the 2022 season. The 4 time World Champion, has decided to hang up his Race Suit at the end of the year wanting some time to focus on whats next. Being a father he wants to spend more time with his family but there must be other vices in action here. He has been more outspoken in recent years about certain issues that need addressing, and yesterday joined Instagram with the caption, "THERE IS STILL A RACE TO WIN". Speculation started straight away saying this is a retirement action as the Champ always steered away from social media and being reserved about his life outside of the paddock.
Sebastian Vettel: “I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic people in Formula One over the past 15 years - there are far too many to mention and thank. Over the past two years I have been an Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team driver - and, although our results have not been as good as we had hoped, it is very clear to me that everything is being put together that a team needs to race at the very highest level for years to come. I have really enjoyed working with such a great bunch of people. Everyone - Lawrence, Lance, Martin, Mike, the senior managers, the engineers, the mechanics and the rest of the team - is ambitious, capable, expert, committed and friendly, and I wish them all well. I hope that the work I did last year and am continuing to do this year will be helpful in the development of a team that will win in the future, and I will work as hard as I can between now and the end of the year with that goal in mind, giving as always my best in the last 10 races. The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it; at the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next; it is very clear to me that, being a father, I want to spend more time with my family. But today is not about saying goodbye. Rather, it is about saying thank you - to everyone - not least to the fans, without whose passionate support Formula One could not exist.”
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman: “I want to thank Sebastian from the bottom of my heart for the great work that he has done for Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team over the past year and a half. We made it clear to him that we wanted him to continue with us next year, but in the end he has done what he feels is right for himself and his family, and of course we respect that. He has driven some fantastic races for us, and, behind the scenes, his experience and expertise with our engineers have been extremely valuable. He is one of the all-time greats of Formula One, and it has been a privilege to have been able to work with him. He will continue to race for us up to and including the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be his 300th Grand Prix entry. We will give him a fabulous send-off.”
Mike Krack, Team Principal: “Sebastian is a superb driver - fast, intelligent and strategic - and of course we are going to miss those qualities. However, we have all learned from him, and the knowledge that we have gained from working with him will continue to benefit our team long after his departure. Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team is a great project, with unlimited potential, and the groundwork that Sebastian has done last year, and is still doing this year, is crucial. When we become fully competitive - and we will - one of the architects of that future success will be Sebastian, and we will always be grateful to him for that.”
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A new Docuseries is due to hit our screens soon and its not via Netflix or Amazon. The new series will be shown in five monthly installments with two bonus appendixes via YouTube, and is Launched by Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.
"Beyond the Visible" is a new docuseries giving a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the teams Formula One operations, bringing fans ever so closer, and taking them through the 2022 season.
As fans we are only subject to a small part of their preparations and what the teams go through on a Race Weekend. Having this new series will open up more to the public the inner workings of the team both on Race weekends and decision making processes that happen back in the teams HQ in Hinwil, Switzerland. We will also be able to experience the daily lives of the drivers and other team personnel.
"Created by Lunartic Productions, the docuseries will adopt a highly cinematic style to give fans a unique insight in the team: from drivers’ nutrition to mechanics’ training, from car design to a hectic weekend at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, no topic is left in the dark in the quest to unveil the true soul of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN." the Team say.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN: “One of the key tenets of Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN is to bring our fans closer, and our new Beyond the Visible series is designed to give them the widest possible access. It is a series designed to shine the light on topics that are not often entertained, either by veteran fans of the sports or the growing number of followers who are just discovering our sport. Even more, Beyond the Visible is a visually stunning approach to the world of Formula One – we cannot wait to showcase it to the world.”
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Mattia Binotto has now explained why Ferrari didn't pit Race Leader Charles Leclerc during the safety car period at the British Grand Prix. The Ferrari Chief told Formula 1 media, that they had to make a choice between the 1st and 2nd car as they didn't have time to Pit both as reported by the Team Strategists.
“We believed that we didn’t have enough space between the two cars to stop both of them so we had to make a choice between the first or the second car, so we decided to stop Carlos because Charles had the track position and was the leader of the race at that time, so you don’t know what the others would have done if we had stopped as the leader,”
“The others were just behind and you cannot lose even a second at the pit stop trying to organise it, so it was clear: we keep track position with Charles, and stop Carlos.
“Obviously, with the hindsight now, [Leclerc] being on softs would have been better, but that’s not what we thought was the right decision.”
Binotto also told of what he was saying to the Ferrari driver in the snap that appeared to be a sort of dressing down where a finger was being waved. AS it turns out, an image can always give other impressions as to what actually was going on.
“It was simply to tell him: I understand your disappointment, but you did a fantastic race today, fighting at the start, fighting later on when he was on hard and the others were on softs.
“I think the way he was driving there, protecting the position was amazing, so being happy is difficult – but I think staying calm and being positive is important.”
Charles Leclerc #16
"I didn’t finish where I wanted to, so it was a frustrating race for me. There were times when I really had to be on the limit to keep my position, fighting with others who were on Softs which was not easy at the end. It’s a shame not to bring home more points for our team today, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
No matter how disappointed I am, it should not take away from what is an amazing first win for Carlos. It’s a moment he will never forget, a dream come true for every driver and I hope that he enjoys it!
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The British Grand Prix saw for a great weekend jam packed of racing which included the ever growing W-Series.
Silverstone was the setting for the 3rd round of their championship, which attracted a peak UK audience of over 1 MILLION viewers. This is a record for the W-Series since their launch back in 2018 which was also the most watched weekend Motorsport event (outside of F1) since 2014. This is such an incredible achievement and i for one, hope their success grows from strength to strength.
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Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series) said:
"We had big ambitions to make 2022 W Series' biggest season so far, which kicked off in Miami where we achieved our largest-ever TV audience to-date, with 453k viewers across the Sky network. Coming into our Silverstone race weekend, we set ourselves the ambitious target to double that. To achieve a peak of more than 1 million viewers is a landmark achievement in our history and a real statement of our intent.
"Seeing our drivers – including six British women racing on home soil – line up on the grid in front of a sell-out crowd at Silverstone was an emotional moment, and fans watching at home enjoyed comprehensive live television coverage across both Sky Sports and Channel 4 for the first time ever.
"I'm incredibly proud that W Series has achieved this milestone, but we're not done yet. We have big ambitions for W Series' continued growth, and thanks to the support from our broadcast partners, we can bring incredible racing to an ever-increasing global fanbase and strive to inspire as many women and girls as possible to get into motorsport."
Stephen van Rooyen (Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK & Europe) said:
"We were very pleased to see record viewing once again for the W Series race at Silverstone. It's great to see Sky customers' appetite for this thrilling competition growing so strongly. These great viewing numbers are testament to Sky's continued strong commitment to supporting women's sport."
Pete Andrews (Head of Sport, Channel 4) said:
"Having supported W Series since its inception we are delighted to see it continue to grow in popularity."